A Staycation at La Residence, Franschhoek

Needing a well-deserved mid-year break, we took advantage of our eager friends to babysit our 15 week old Ridgeback to stay at the beautiful La Residence in Franschhoek. Having experienced the Royal Portfolio Collection in December, more specifically the Silo Hotel, where we were married, the appeal left us extremely intrigued about their other properties. (Especially since we were so well treated by the staff at the Silo.)

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Turkish Delight: Istanbul, Turkey

When the opportunity presented itself to visit Turkey, more specifically Istanbul enroute to a friend’s wedding in Greece, I was excited but also a little nervous. The political unrest and rumours about the lack of safety over the years, especially between 2016 and 2018  left me feeling very uneasy, but on the flip side, Turkey was the 6th most visited country in 2015, so there really must be something special about it right? Right. It really is truly unique.

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It’s OK To Leave

I once read an article online that went something like this, “You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t find yourself in. You’re allowed to leave any story you don’t love yourself in. You’re allowed to leave a city that has dimmed your light instead of making you shine brighter, you’re allowed to pack all your bags and start over somewhere else and you’re allowed to redefine the meaning of your life.” I have tried to search for this article again, but to no avail.

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Mesotherapy: The Ultimate ‘MedFacial’

Mesotherapy is a broad term used to describe the process of delivering active ingredients into the middle layer of the skin (mesoderm, hence the name mesotherapy), or into the fat cells. Mesotherapy is used to treat a large range of conditions such as skin ageing, stubborn fat pockets as well as scarring to name a few. I was interested in Mesotherapy from a pigmentation point of view as well as to achieve a vibrant glow because my skin has been looking a bit dull and tired recently.

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The Ultimate Human Race: Comrades Marathon

The Comrades Marathon is a race we have watched with anticipation each year. Screaming at the TV, we would will the marathon runners across the line, be left in tears for those who never made it, and wince in pain as we watched the poor runners suffer from cramp as they tried to reach the finish line. Comrades Marathon, an inspiring feat of pure human strength – something I did not think was within my capability until I had completed my first Full Ironman in 2015. Completing an extreme endurance event like this made Comrades seem like an extremely realistic goal.

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